Dental bonding is a simple treatment that involves the application of a strong, tooth-colored composite material to one or more teeth. This process can be used to repair teeth that have small chips or cracks or to reshape teeth that are too small or malformed. It is also an excellent option for teeth that have certain kinds of discoloration that do not respond to whitening treatments.
Dental Bonding Procedure
The dental bonding procedure can be completed in a single office visit. First, the teeth to be treated are roughened with a mild etching solution. This will allow the material to adhere to the enamel. The composite material is then applied in layers, each layer being cured with the use of a high-intensity light. After the necessary amount of material has been applied and hardened, it will be sculpted into the ideal shape and polished to blend with the surrounding teeth.
Results of Dental Bonding
The composite material used in dental bonding is specifically designed to be invisible on teeth and will be specially blended to match a patient’s natural tooth color. Once it is polished, it will also appear shiny and luminescent, just as tooth enamel does. With good care, dental bonding should last for several years without needing to be repaired or replaced.